THE EMOJI MOVIE (G) There are no words ... , US, 85 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Flicks -

Come back, The Angry Birds Movie, you 2016 car­toon calamity. Not only is all for­given. You are a paragon of taste, re­straint and higher learn­ing when com­pared to this year’s app­troc­ity leap­ing from phone screen to big screen. Yes, The Emoji Movie is here, and yes, it is a fea­ture film drama­tis­ing the wacky ex­ploits of those play­ful pic­tograms through which much of the world com­mu­ni­cates. The most con­ve­nient way to review this soul­less, cyn­i­cal and strik­ingly un­funny an­i­mated com­edy would be to sim­ply print one big poop emoji. How­ever, the film­mak­ers went ahead and made that fra­grant fel­low a key char­ac­ter in the story - and some­how per­suaded Pa­trick Ste­wart to voice him - so that is out of the ques­tion. Is there an emoji of some­one thump­ing a ticket counter de­mand­ing their money back? That would be per­fect. Un­less a 2018 re­lease date is an­nounced for The Fid­get Spin­ner Movie, surely this is as low as kids’ en­ter­tain­ment can go?

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